GSA Technology Council

Technology Company TSAChoice Creates New Network Operations Center

TSAChoiceTSAChoice, Inc., a technology integrator based in Asheville, NC, and Greenville, SC, announces the addition of a new Network Operations Center at its company headquarters in Asheville. The new Network Operations Center is a state-of-the-art hub that allows TSAChoice to monitor and respond even more quickly to managed network service customers.

According to company president Dan Watts, “TSAChoice continues to refine and grow our managed network offerings, providing managed IT customers with continued service improvements and outstanding technical support.”

The operations center is a product of the company’s considerations for its Complete IT managed service customers but will benefit all clients. The center consists of a four-person team with 60-inch monitors providing instant views of managed networks, dispatch boards, and current locations of engineers on service calls.

via TSAChoice

GSATC Presents, “Bringing a Silicon Valley Model of Success to the Upstate” May 20

Join us for the next learning lunch where we expose you to the Greenville Founders Institute. It is the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies.

BRINGING A SILICON VALLEY MODEL OF SUCCESS TO THE UPSTATE

How to leverage the lessons (and personal connections) from Founders Institute Members including, Elon Musk, Adeo Ressi and may more.
a GSATC Learning Lunch
with Jason Premo of the Founders Institute

Don’t just let us tell you why you shouldn’t miss this. Here is the account of a successful founder from the Founder Institute program:

Mentorship.
Launching a product is not hard, but building a business, negotiating deals, finding partners and early adopters, getting press, finding investors, are all VERY hard. As an entrepreneur, you need all the help you can get. FI provides regular strategic advice (both person-specific and generic advice) to improve your chances of success as you engage in each of those activities.

Track Record.
It’s funny you talk about track record – the Founder Institute was started a year ago and already we’ve had many early successes. Publicly, my company Udemy raised $1M in a round that was as successful and competitive as the rounds of the Y Combinator class of this year. There are many other financing rounds that have not yet been mentioned; 1/3 of Founder Institute companies have been funded at an average of $200K.

Peer Support.
There are hundreds of companies all over the world graduating each year. If I need to get into the Gates Foundation, Visa or Microsoft, there is someone at FI who can get me in there. If I need a place to crash in Paris, Germany, Singapore or DC, I can find one. Furthermore, building a company is tough, and the camaraderie you get when you have 30 other Founders going through the program with you is extremely valuable.

The program launched in Silicon Valley and has now spread to 100 cities across the globe. We are bringing the program to Greenville, SC and are looking for passionate would be founders who would like to have access to a proven methodology and curriculum on their way to discovering if they are ready to build a business.

At the GSATC learning lunch, we are going to talk about the program, about who will benefit most from the program, about the costs and benefits. And, of course, we will answer all of your questions. Leading us in the discussion is local entrepreneur and Greenville Founder Institute co-founder, Jason Premo.

Also, at the lunch we will be announcing the availability of a Tech Fellowship which will pay the way for one of the Founder Institute’s applicants in our very first class.

Verizon to Acquire AOL for $4.4 Billion

Article derived from Verizon Wireless news.

Verizon WirelessTaking another significant step in building digital and video platforms to drive future growth, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) announced May 12, the signing of an agreement to purchase AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) for $50 per share — an estimated total value of approximately $4.4 billion.

Verizon’s acquisition further drives its LTE wireless video and OTT (over-the-top video) strategy. The agreement will also support and connect to Verizon’s IoT (Internet of Things) platforms, creating a growth platform from wireless to IoT for consumers and businesses.

aolAOL is a leader in the digital content and advertising platforms space, and the combination of Verizon and AOL creates a scaled, mobile-first platform offering directly targeted at what eMarketer estimates is a nearly $600 billion global advertising industry. AOL’s key assets include its subscription business; its premium portfolio of global content brands, including The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, MAKERS and AOL.com, as well as its millennial-focused OTT, Emmy-nominated original video content; and its programmatic advertising platforms.

Lowell McAdam, Verizon chairman and CEO, said: “Verizon’s vision is to provide customers with a premium digital experience based on a global multiscreen network platform. This acquisition supports our strategy to provide a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators and advertisers to deliver that premium customer experience.”

He added, “AOL has once again become a digital trailblazer, and we are excited at the prospect of charting a new course together in the digitally connected world. At Verizon, we’ve been strategically investing in emerging technology, including Verizon Digital Media Services and OTT, that taps into the market shift to digital content and advertising. AOL’s advertising model aligns with this approach, and the advertising platform provides a key tool for us to develop future revenue streams.”

Tim Armstrong, AOL chairman and CEO, will continue to lead AOL operations after closing.

Armstrong said, “Verizon is a leader in mobile and OTT connected platforms, and the combination of Verizon and AOL creates a unique and scaled mobile and OTT media platform for creators, consumers and advertisers. The visions of Verizon and AOL are shared; the companies have existing successful partnerships, and we are excited to work with the team at Verizon to create the next generation of media through mobile and video.”

The transaction will take the form of a tender offer followed by a merger, with AOL becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon upon completion.

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions and is expected to close this summer.

Verizon expects to fund the transaction from cash on hand and commercial paper. The company also continues to expect to return to pre-Vodafone transaction credit ratings in the 2018-2019 timeframe.

via Verizon Wireless

Stephen Colbert, Share Fair Nation, and ScanSource Announce to Fulfill Nearly 1,000 South Carolina Classroom Funding Requests

Original article posted on PRNewswire here.
Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert announced on May 7 that he has partnered with Share Fair Nation and ScanSource to fund every classroom project in South Carolina on DonorsChoose.org. Together, the three contributions will fund nearly 1,000 projects for more than 800 teachers at over 375 schools, totaling $800,000. Colbert, a South Carolina native, announced the funding at a conference in New York hosted by DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding non-profit where teachers create projects requesting materials and experiences their students need to learn, and donors support the projects that inspire them.

“I’m so excited to announce we are funding all 1,000 South Carolina projects on DonorsChoose.org today,” said Colbert. “DonorsChoose.org makes it so easy to have an impact and connect directly with the teachers and students you’re helping.”

Damon Qualls, a teacher at Alexander Elementary School in Greenville, SC, joined Colbert for the surprise announcement in New York. Qualls has had 126 projects funded on DonorsChoose.org, including five projects from today’s announcement.

“I was completely shocked,” said Qualls after the surprise announcement. “This means so much to the teachers and students in South Carolina. What you’ve done by funding these projects will make such a difference in the classroom.”

After the surprise announcement, Colbert joined a Google Hangout video conference with Qualls’ school, where students, teachers, administrators, several local officials, and the State Superintendent of Education expressed their gratitude for the funding.

“I commend Stephen, Share Fair Nation, and Greenville’s own ScanSource for the support that they have given the dedicated and hardworking teachers of South Carolina through this gracious gift. I know these teachers will use it in a way that improves the quality of education for South Carolina’s students,” said Molly Spearman, State Superintendent of Education.

Colbert, a member of the DonorsChoose.org Board of Directors, raised the funds for South Carolina classrooms by auctioning off his desk and set pieces after The Colbert Report ended in December. He was joined by Share Fair Nation, an initiative created by The Morgridge Family Foundation, and Greenville-based ScanSource.

“The team at Share Fair Nation and The Morgridge Family Foundation is thrilled to celebrate our South Carolina teachers and the immeasurable impact they have on the lives of students,” said Carrie Morgridge. “We are so proud to partner with DonorsChoose.org, Steven Colbert and ScanSource to make some dreams come true today! An investment in a teacher is an investment in our future. Join us, because every gift matters!”

“ScanSource was so pleased to bring DonorsChoose.org to South Carolina in 2005, and we’re thrilled to continue our support a decade later,” said Christy Thompson, vice president of worldwide marketing at ScanSource. “Since 2005, DonorsChoose.org has helped fund 13,000 South Carolina projects, investing over $5.6 million in teachers and students across the state. Education funding has never been more critical to the future of South Carolina, and ScanSource is proud to help classrooms in need.”

“We’re so grateful that Stephen, Share Fair Nation, and ScanSource could help the teachers of South Carolina in such a big and magical way today,” said Charles Best, founder & CEO of DonorsChoose.org.

via PRNewswire

StorageCraft Opens New Corporate HQ Facility

With the snip of a pair of scissors, a new era began for one of Utah’s fastest growing companies, StorageCraft Technology Corporation, as it officially opened its new corporate headquarters facility in Draper. The ribbon cutting ceremony marked the latest milestone for a company that began as a startup in 2003 and now has become a global leader in backup and disaster recovery of IT systems.

The 125,000-square-foot facility is the latest step in a major expansion for the backup and disaster recovery solution leader, which currently employs more than 240 in the United States, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region. The new headquarters facility has 182 employees and gives StorageCraft the ability to increase its Utah-based workforce to more than 400 during the next few years.

“StorageCraft is always diligently working to provide our partners and their customers with fast, reliable products to maintain access to their valuable data and IT systems,” said Jeff Shreeve, co-founder and chief executive officer. “The opening of our new headquarters is a testament to the efforts of our hard working employees, reliable products and the mutually beneficial relationships with our partners around the world.”

The new building, which was developed and is managed by Gardner Company and built by Jacobson Construction, is located in the Vista Station business park in Draper and exemplifies what StorageCraft preaches: backup and recovery. It is LEED certified and utilizes state-of-the-art systems for heating/cooling and power distribution and high availability, such as a 1.5 Megawatt generator that allows StorageCraft to run uninterrupted in just about any failure or disaster.

Story continues here.

via StorageCraft

iMAGINE Upstate Festival Inspires Over 14,000 Attendees

iMAGINE UpstateThe 2015 iMAGINE Upstate Festival exceeded expectations drawing in more than 14,000 attendees in its inaugural year. Families, children of all ages, entrepreneurs and industry leaders spent April 4 experiencing hands-on learning to elevate conversations around innovation, creativity and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

iMAGINE Upstate crowd
The festival was created to help inspire Upstate students to take ownership of their future career paths. Beyond STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the downtown festival showcased creative, entrepreneurial and innovative happenings from across the Upstate.

iMAGINE Upstate learning“When we set out to plan the festival we wanted to create an experience that would impact a broad range of ages and interests,” said Ryan Heafy, executive director of iMAGINE Upstate. “In order for this program to make a lasting impact, we knew that we needed to showcase a variety of organizations on Main Street combined with a series of live shows throughout the day.”

iMAGINE Upstate partners including ScanSource, Duke Energy, Michelin North America, GE Power & Water, Bosch, Fluor and Greenville Technical College elevated the festival experience by running major festival tents. The festival hosted 61 organizations from across the Upstate, including:

• 36 non-profit organizations
• 10 start-up organizations
• 18 educational institutions
• 10 student organizations
• 8 Upstate industry leaders

In addition to the tented experiences on Main Street, the festival showcased six stages and 14 shows throughout the day.

“Our partners made it possible to run live experiential shows on stage throughout the day,” said Jared Hartzell, director of development at iMAGINE Upstate. “The stages helped reinforce our core program tracks: learn, innovate, engage, create, launch and make.”

The festival had a steady stream of attendees from start to finish. Students from across the Upstate attended and volunteered at the festival. Social media played a major role in keeping students engaged. With more than 7,300 Twitter impressions, 14,500 Facebook impressions, 2,770 app status updates, the iMAGINE Upstate Festival successfully leveraged modern technology to enhance the attendee experience.

“Beyond the festival, we want iMAGINE Upstate to help foster student conversations around their futures,” said Sarah Arbogast, director of marketing and events at iMAGINE Upstate. “An ongoing goal for iMAGINE Upstate programming is to help facilitate peer-to-peer sharing and learning.”

via iMAGINE Upstate

Worthwhile Adds Software Developer Robert Roskam

WorthwhileWorthwhile, a customer-driven web, mobile and software development firm based in Greenville, S.C., is pleased to announce the hiring of software developer Robert Roskam. As a software developer, Roskam works with Worthwhile’s team to build solutions for clients using the Django framework and the Python language.

RoskamRoskam joins Worthwhile after two years as a developer and technical business analyst at Global Lending Services in Greenville.

For more information on Robert Roskam and Worthwhile, visit Worthwhile Team

via Worthwhile

Spartanburg Based Hunger Crunch wins Facebook’s Social Good App of the Year

Featured in PRWeb here

Hunger CrunchHunger Crunch, a newly launched video game, has won Facebook’s Social Good App of The Year award which was presented at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco. The conference was held at the Fort Mason Center on Wednesday, March 25th and Thursday, March 26th, and brought together the leading developers from around the world for discussions, demos and discovery of innovative app technology. The award was presented on March 26th.

Hunger Crunch, created and developed by Rice Bowls, a non-profit based in Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina, focuses on raising money to feed orphaned children in 54 orphanages in eight countries around the world. The one-touch side-scrolling platformer follows the gamer, who is mounted on a mythical beast called “Beasty,” as they aim to rid the world of hunger and its maddening army of minions. Fun, fast-moving and graphically sophisticated, Hunger Crunch is a whimsical ride through a fantasy kingdom with real world humanitarian benefits. Additionally, a built-in feature makes it easy for groups to host tournaments and compete against each other to raise money, fighting hunger in the game and in the real world too.

There are 12 levels with a unique stomp mechanic that allows the gamer to chain-jump and squash enemy monsters, thereby stomping out hunger. The player collects candy coins at each level, but players can also use real money to buy candy coins in bulk, with 100% of the in-app proceeds going to help feed children around the world through the Rice Bowls organization.

The Hunger Crunch app is available for free in the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It is also available in Google Play for Android.

Via Rice Bowls

Clemson Student Startup Turns to Crowdfunding for Infant Technology Project

Clemson University students who developed an incubator blanket that could help save infant lives in a country where improper warming methods are prevalent and lead to tens of thousands of deaths each year have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise startup money.

The “Incubasic” team has completed a prototype of the “Life Blanket,” and now the members are working to get it into Tanzania. The blanket is an individualized heating pad that regulates newborns’ body temperatures.

The team has a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo in hopes of raising $7,000…

The Life Blanket is made of locally available materials and has a simple design that is easy to replicate. It is 90 percent cheaper than traditional incubators and can be easily repaired.

A temperature-monitoring thermistor regulates the ideal amount of heating for the blanket. It is accurate down to 0.1 degree Celsius.

Three LED lights display the temperature: blue for cold, green for in-the-range and red for too hot…

Life Blanket won $2,000 in Clemson University’s “Social LaunchPad” competition and was a finalist in the SC Launchpad competition.

Students are continuing to improve the Life Blanket. They would like to add devices to monitor blood-oxygen levels and heart rate, an LCD screen to display the information and a new enclosure made from locally available materials…

“We are close to something big,” John Henry Murdy said, the student campaign manager.

via Clemson University

New Job Posting: SharePoint Applications Analyst

Help Wanted

SharePoint Applications Analyst
Ogletree Deakins is looking for a SharePoint Applications Analyst to join the firm’s expanding practice.
 
 

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